By Ray Pride

“Lincoln” leads Houston Film Critic Society Awards with eight nominations

Houston – The Houston Film Critics Society proudly announces its nominees for the 6th Annual HFCS Awards celebrating the best of film for 2012. This year’s nominees are led by “Lincoln” with eight nominations and followed by “Les Misérables” and “The Master” with six nominations apiece.

The HFCS Awards recognize excellence in writing, directing, acting and production along with technical excellence in cinematography and the best in animation, foreign and documentary film making for the year.

“From Argo to Zero Dark Thirty, 2012 was an exciting year for film with several films which could lay claim to being the best of the year,” HFCS President Joshua Starnes said. “This year’s nominations continue the Houston Film Critics tradition of giving a second look to quality films which might have been passed over during the end of year rush.”

The winners will be announced in at the live HFCS Award Show on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston.

During the presentation the HFCS will also present its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Duvall and its 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award to the late Adam Yauch.

The Society will also present the second annual Texas Independent Film Award, given to the best independent film produced in Texas and distributed during 2012.

Best Picture

Argo, Warner Bros. (produced by Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov)

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fox Searchlight (produced by Josh Penn, Dan Janey, Michael Gottwald)

Cloud Atlas, Warner Bros. (produced by Grant Hill, Stefan Arndt, Tom Tykwer, and Andy & Lana Wachowski)

Django Unchained, The Weinstein Company (produced by Reginald Hudlin, Stacy Sher, Pilar Savone)

Lincoln, DreamWorks (produced by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy)

The Master, The Weinstein Company (produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar)

Les Miserables, Universal (produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh)

Moonrise Kingdom, Focus Features (produced by Jeremy Dawson, Scott Rudin, Wes Anderson, Steven M. Rales)

Silver Linings Playbook, The Weinstein Company (produced by Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti)

Zero Dark Thirty, Columbia (produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Colin Wilson, Greg Shapiro, Ted Schipper, Megan Ellison)


Best Director

Ben Affleck, Argo

Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Tom Hooper, Les Misérables

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained


Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Denzel Washington, Flight


Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Naomi Watts, The Impossible


Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin, Argo

Javier Bardem, Skyfall

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike


Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Master

Judi Dench, Skyfall

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Helen Hunt, The Sessions


Best Screenplay

Chris Terrio, Argo

Tony Kushner, Lincoln

Rian Johnson, Looper

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty


Best Animated Film

Brave, Pixar/Disney

Frankenweenie, Disney

ParaNorman, Focus Features

Rise of the Guardians, DreamWorks

Wreck-It Ralph, Disney


Best Cinemaography

Danny Cohen, Les Misérables

Roger Deakins, Skyfall

Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln

Mihai Malaimare, Jr., The Master

Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi


Best Documentary

Bully, The Weinstein Company

The Central Park Five, Sundance Selects

The House I Live In, Abramorama

The Imposter, Indomina Releasing

The Queen of Versailles, Magnolia Pictures

Searching for Sugar Man, Sony Pictures Classics


Best Foreign Language Film

Amour, Sony Pictures Classics

Holy Motors, Les Films de Losange

The Intouchables, The Weinstein Company

A Royal Affair, Magnolia Pictures

Rust and Bone, Sony Pictures Classics


Best Original Score

Mychael Danna,Life of Pi

Danny Elfman, Hitchcock

Johnny Greenwood, The Master

Reinhold Hall, Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas

Thomas Newman, Skyfall

Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

John Williams, Lincoln


Best Original Song

“Learn Me Right,” from Brave, music & lyrics by Mumford & Sons

“Skyfall,” from Skyfall, music & lyrics by ADELE and Paul Epworth

“Song of the Lonely Mountain,” from The HobbitAn Unexpected Journey, music & lyrics by Neil Finn

“Suddenly,” from Les Misérables, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Alain Boubil & Herbert Kretzmer

“Touch the Sky,” from Brave, music by Alex Mandel, lyrics by Alex Mandel & Mark Andrews


Texas Independent Film Award

Bernie, Millenium Entertainment

IncendiaryThe Willingham Case, Yokel

KidThing, Zeller Bros.

SushiThe Global Catch, Lorber Films

Trash Dance, Andrew Garrison


Technical Achievement

Cloud Atlas

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Life of Pi


Worst Film

Anna Karenina, Focus Features

Battleship, Universal

Prometheus, 20th Century Fox

That’s My Boy, Columbia

The Three Stooges, 20th Century Fox

Founded in 2007, the Houston Film Critics Society is a not-for-profit organization of 26 print, broadcast and Internet film critics based in the Greater Metropolitan Houston area. Its membership includes critics not only from all the major Houston-area outlets but also from national publications and websites and respected Hollywood trade publications.


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